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FACILITIES MANAGEMENT | Associate Vice Chancellor Photo by Beverly R. Imes

Meet Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management Jon Varnell Dear Facilities Colleagues, With nearly 15 weeks on the job, I am thoroughly enjoying the process of getting to know everyone and the work we are doing. I am thankful for everyone who has gone out of their way to help in the transition and settling in process which is on-going.

Jon Varnell

MISSION To provide a quality learning, research, and living environment for the benefit of students, faculty, staff, and the community by planning, building, operating, and maintaining the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Looking ahead, we have no shortage of important projects going on that will continue to enhance the student experience. The work on the new science building, the new residence hall, the student recreation center, countless design services projects, and the myriad of planning efforts are all part of the work of “creating a campus of distinction.” Equally important is the day to day work in each facilities management area to provide excellence in customer service. Before long, summer will be here and we’ll be busy closing out the financial year, completing performance appraisals, supporting commencement activities, and the rest of our normal work and projects. It is a great reassurance to our campus to have an experienced and committed FM team to do what it takes each year to get these things done well. Thanks in advance. I’m looking forward to seeing you all at “Fun Day” on May 17 and testing my cooking skills! I hope everyone can make it, and thanks to the team working to put together this great opportunity.

VISION A leader in Facilities Management distinguished by safety and excellence.

Jon Varnell Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management

A proficient, responsive, and adaptable ‘Team of teams’. Providing high quality services and facilities in an environmentally sustainable manner. CREATING A CAMPUS OF DISTINCTION

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Contents | FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

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Spring Issue | March 2019

Facilities Management, a department of Business Affairs Do Things Better. Do Better Things. Do The Right Thing.

Jon Varnell Associate Vice Chancellor Editor Beverly R. Imes Staff Solomon T. Franklin Sandy Mullins Leigh Richardson Proofreaders Beth Brown Tenille Dellinger NiCole Lynch Cover Photo Beverly R. Imes

We S.H.A.R.E. Facilities Management Values:

Message from Chancellor Philip Dubois

Cover Story - Tony Falco, Employee of the Quarter

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Team of the Quarter - BES Colvard First Shift

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Staff Recognition Applause Card Recipients New Employees Promotions Safety Recognition Twenty Year Club Excellent Attendance

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Holiday Party Highlights

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Did You Know? UNC Charlotte Employee of the Year Nominees It’s Performance Appraisal Time!

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Building Environmental Services and Recycling Deborah Deese joins the 20-year club Expect What You Inspect Winners RecycleMania

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Capital Projects Update

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Facilities Business Office Melanie Witherspoon recognized for 20 years of service to FM Welcome Donielle Spears Farewell Wishes to Clyde Derberry

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Facilities Information Systems Farewell to Benny Reese and Elias Mahfoud

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Facilities Operations Cheers to 20 Years! Honoring Mark Neel and Arnold Vanhoy UNC Charlotte Earns Honors Award (Grounds unit)

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Happenings Around Campus

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Happy Birthday to You!

Safety Honesty and Integrity Accountability Respect for Others Excellence

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Facilities Focus is a communication tool for the benefit of all Facilities Management employees to develop a better informed workforce, to foster a greater sense of community, and to build morale. Your ideas are welcomed and appreciated for future Facilities Focus newsletter issues. Valerie Clark, Amanda Caudle, and Ashley Sisco enjoying the holiday party

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FACILITIES MANAGEMENT | UNC Charlotte Chancellor

Photo courtesy Chancellor’s office

Dr. Philip L. Dubois

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olleagues, as the college basketball season winds down and the craziness of March Madness winds up, we’re all on the edge of our seats anxiously watching our favorite teams. With that on my mind as I contemplate the idea of teams and teamwork, I was very amused to come across the meme below. Sometimes teamwork looks and feels a bit like that, doesn’t it? When we forget we’re on the same side and we end up working against each other and doing damage to our cause. I’m thankful that here at UNC Charlotte we truly seem to have a handle on the idea of teamwork. When you step out onto campus, you don’t have to look very far to see that this is true. It shows in the way departments work together, the way colleagues support and encourage one another, and the way our Facilities Management associates go above and beyond the call to make sure that the campus looks amazing, that our buildings are safe and comfortable, and that we consistently make a great impression on campus visitors. This dedicated group of folks really “gets it” – they understand the importance of tending to every detail, no matter how big or small. In February, I had the opportunity to host a group of local media for a campus tour. I can’t tell you how many “oohs” and “ahhs” I heard from them as we rode and walked around campus. From the beautifully designed and decorated buildings, to the meticulously manicured grounds, to the spic and span facilities and walkways, every little detail was covered and those reporters all walked away with an extremely positive impression of UNC Charlotte. I’m sure they thought we had gone to a lot of extra effort to impress them...but no, that was just the normal everyday standard of excellence that we have come to expect here in Niner Nation. Thank you for the good work that you do to make us all look fabulous. Your efforts are important and they are sincerely appreciated. Happy Spring, and Go Niners!

Philip L. Dubois Chancellor

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Employee of the Quarter | FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Employee of the Quarter: Tony Falco Photo by Clyde Derberry

Jon Varnell, associate vice chancellor for Facilities Management, presents Tony Falco with the Employee of the Quarter certificate plaque

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ecognition for a job well done is always valued. Acknowledgement for continued outstanding work performance is especially exponential. This quarter, Facilities Management recognized Tony Falco of Zone 1 as The Employee of the Quarter! Tony is a treasured team member in the Super Squad that saves the UNC Charlotte campus each and every day from issues both large and small. Not only does Tony perform his daily duties with professionalism and ease, but also has a cheerful demeanor and keeps our customers smiling along with him. Tony was nominated by Tim Johnson, Safety Analyst in Environmental Health and Services (EH&S). As a new employee

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to the campus, Tony was recognized as “easy to work with” and for providing “excellent customer service”. Tim referenced the EH&S AED Program which installed 45 new AEDs around campus, and credited Tony with being “pleasant and effective” while working with him. Tim also praises Tony with helping to make the AED project a success. Tim describes Tony as a technician that “helped make (Tim’s) first impression of working with our partner groups a very good experience”. He adds in that Tony is “a true asset to the FM Operations group.” We could not agree with you more, Tim! Thank you for all of your continued efforts and enthusiasm, Tony!

Congratulations on achieving the title of “Employee of The Quarter”!

By Becky Boucher

Employee of the Quarter This award is presented to an individual who goes beyond expected duties, consistently maintains a high level of work, exhibits outstanding customer service and or demonstrates creativity, safety, and noteworthy behavior over the course of the quarter. Issue 68 | Facilities Focus

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FACILITIES MANAGEMENT | Team of the Quarter

Team of the Quarter: BES Colvard Zone Photo by Clyde Derberry

Pictured left to right are Team of the Quarter members Sherby Price, Cinthya Coral, Gloria Chalco, Agnes Douglas with Brian Guns Director of Building Environmental Services and Recycling. Not pictured is Marijan Pavlovic.

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ongratulations to the Building Environmental Services Colvard Zone (first shift staff) for being selected as team of the quarter. Zone supervisor, James Revis, nominated the team, which is currently comprised of Gloria Chalco, Cinthya Coral, Agnes Douglas, Marijan Pavlovic, and Sherby Price. In the nomination, Revis lauded the team for coming together as “a well-oiled machine” to ensure 12 buildings were covered during a time when the zone was understaffed. “At any time in the last month, staffing levels in Colvard Zone has been at or below 50 percent,” Revis noted. The staffing shortage, in part, was due to staff vacancies, absences, and vacations. However, the team banded together to ensure the standards of their work was not compromised. As noted in the award’s criteria, this team’s ability to go “beyond expected duties” and to “demonstrate initiative,” especially during times of being short staffed reaffirms the BES and Recycling unit’s goal of being “a first-class, process oriented and data driven team that delivers excellent, proficient, and cost effective services.”

By NiCole Lynch

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Staff Recognition | FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

New Staff and Promotions: October - December 2018

Applause Card Recipients: October - December 2018

NEW EMPLOYEES

Associate Vice Chancellor’s Office Jon Varnell, Associate Vice Chancellor

Building Environmental Services (BES) and Recycling Jennifer Huffman, Admin Support Associate, BES Ricky Darnell, Building Environmental Technician, BES Admin Caylynn Mayse, Building Environmental Tech, BES Admin Barbara Richmond, Bldg. Environmental Technician, CHHS Sonia Espinoza, Bldg. Environmental Technician, Colvard Helena Mathis, Bldg. Environmental Technician, EPIC Janie Hill, Bldg. Environmental Technician, Grigg Curtis Simpson, Bldg. Environmental Technician, Kennedy Laetitia Ntoto, Bldg. Environmental Technician, Library Valeria Gaskin, Bldg. Environmental Technician, Library Mamie Bandanga, Bldg. Environmental Technician, McEniry Stephen Smith, Building Environmental Technician, Recycling Luli Shqevi, Bldg Environmental Technician, Woodward JC Gamez, Bldg Environmental Technician, Woodward

Design Services Valerie Clark, Interior Designer

Facilities Business Office Donielle Spears, Admin Support Specialist

Facilities Operations Becky Giroux-Boucher, Admin Support Associate Kelly Herron, Admin Support Associate Stephanie Krull, Grounds, Grounds Landscape Supervisor Brandon Thompson, Engineering Technician, FCAP Russell McQuillan, Grounds Perimeter, Grounds Services Technician Kody Leigh, Grounds Perimeter, Grounds Services Technician John Mckinney, Renovations, FM Tech Mechanical Trades Daniel Sellers, Zone 2, FM Tech Mechanical Trades Joseph Mills, Zone 5, FM Tech Mechanical Trades

The applause card acknowledgement is given to individuals and teams who have been identified for extraordinary performance or service by nomination within the quarter.

Individuals Leigh Richardson, Facilities Human Resources Office Jeff Michel, Facilities Operations - Fire Systems Tony Falco, Facilities Operations - Zone 1

Teams BES Colvard: Gloria Chalco, Cinthya Coral, Agnes Douglas, Marijan Pavlovic, Sherby Price BES EPIC Arthur Butcher, Susan Clapton, Reginald Dempsey, Fatou Mboyo, Reginald Morrison, Rex Kearney FCAP/PM: Development and Implementation Team: Barry Shoemaker, Rocco Germani, Patrick Hinman, Benny Reese, Pamela Duff, Josh Parker Recycling: Robert Bonds, Sam Coleman, Robert Cooke, Tonya Day, Kelly Freshcorn, Brian Guns, Cody Hoyle, Robert Marrero, Dot Munson, Steve Olson, Amir Patterson, Linda Roberts Photo by Brian Guns

PROMOTIONS

Building Environmental Services (BES) and Recycling Solomon T. Franklin, BES&R Assistant Director Sara Sibley, BES&R Office Manager Hnin Phyu, Recycling Technician Linda Roberts, Recycling Technician

Facilities Operations David True, Fire Controls, FM Mechanical Trades Journey Eric Klein, Zone 5, FM Mechanical Trades - Advanced (Plumber) Josh Hyatt, Zone 7, Supervisor Chris Lowrance, Zone 8, FMT Mechanical Trades Advanced EPIC Zone

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FACILITIES MANAGEMENT | Staff Recognition

Safety Recognition Photos by Clyde Derberry

The following teams earned

“Safe Team of the Year” having NO accidents January - December 2018 Building Environmental Services and Recycling Center City Building (3 shifts), Grigg, Kennedy, Library, North Floor Crew, South Floor Crew

Pictured left to right are Nelly Lezama (South Area Floor Crew), Calvin Hough (Center City - third shift), and Kay Rankin (North Area Floor Crew)

Facilities Operations FCAP, Fire Systems, High Voltage, Lock Shop, Renovations, Utilities, Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, and Zone 7

Pictured left to right are Chris Desmet (High Voltage), Mike Rogers (Renovations), Terry Wike (Zone 1), Carl LaChance (Zone 7), Jeff Briggs (Fire Systems), Joey Crocker (Zone 4), Regina Goodridge (Center City - BES first shift), Benny Goode (Center City - Zone 3), Barry Shoemaker (FCAP), Dave Maharana (Zone 2), Mike Herran (Utilities), and Austin Mitchum(Lock Shop)

The following teams earned

“Safe Team of the Quarter” having NO accidents October - December 2018 Building Environmental Services and Recycling Center City Building (3 shifts), College of Health and Human Services, EPIC, Grigg, Kennedy, Library, McEniry, North Area Floor Crew, Recycling, South Area Floor Crew, and Woodward Facilities Operations Automotive, FCAP, Fire Systems, Grounds - Central Campus, Grounds - Playing Fields, High Voltage, Lock Shop, Renovations, Utilities, Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, and Zone 8

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Compensatory time earned for the quarterly Staff Recognition Program must

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be used within 90 days of receipt. If you do not use it, you will lose it!

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Staff Recognition | FACILITIES MANAGEMENT Photos by Clyde Derberry

TWENTY YEAR CLUB Employees who have worked in Facilities Management 20 consecutive years Deborah Deese, Building Environmental Services Mark Neel, Facilities Operations Arnold Vanhoy, Facilities Operations Melanie Witherspoon, Facilities Business Office Their careers began with Facilities Management in 1998.

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2018 Excellent Attendance Recognition

ongratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Excellent Attendance award. Employees on staff January 1, 2018 who used 16 hours or less of sick leave during the calendar year were recognized with an excellent attendance certificate and a catered buffet breakfast sponsored by Beth Hardin, Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs. The breakfast was held on February 12 in the Cone Center Lucas Room. Lee Alsbrooks Lee Arnold Nelson Austin Don Bailey Lance Barnes Dan Baughman Randy Biggerstaff John Boal Yolanda Brown Steve Burt Arthur Butcher John Butcher Jon Canapino Cowboy Carmien Shannon Caveny-Cox Brien Clapton Joey Cochran Sam Coleman Robert Cooke Pete Crainshaw Joey Crocker Bart Davis Monique Davis Gary Edwards (27 consecutive years) Michelle Embry Gloria Escobar Mac Fake Kathy Fisher Bob Fitzgerald Kelly Freshcorn Stan Gant

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Melanie Witherspoon and Jon Varnell

Deborah Deese, Mark Neel, and Arnold Vanhoy

Don Gariepy James Gentle Benny Goode Regina Goodridge Jim Green David Haigler Chris Hamm Lakisha Hannah Don Henry Tim Honeycutt Calvin Hough Katherine Humphries Beverly Imes Stephen Jackson Sintanis Joline Mike Jones Josh Kallam

Zoumana Kamagate Robert Kennedy Tonia Killebrew Dale Kroeze Lisa Lanier Carolyn Lewis Joe Loder David Love Dennis Lubert Tom MacNab David Maharana Derrick Massey Tony Menton Carlota Mieles Warren Monk Paul Montgomery Rosalia Moron-Perez

Joey Cochran, grounds superintendent, acknowledges Gary Edwards (far right) for 27 consecutive years of perfect attendance

Photos by Beverly R. Imes

Reggie Morrison Sandy Mullins Dot Munson John Nielson Fresnel Nkosi Jose’ Palacios Noella Paquette Josh Parker Billy Poston Ryan Reichert Bobby Robinson Jeffrey Saer Chris Schultz Matt Smith Tim Smith David E. Smith G. David Smith Jeremy Smithgall Earl Sneed Kenyel Spaulding Jim Stafford Beverly Starcher Seth Still Don Teate Anthony Thurmond Doug Walters Anfernee Watford Linda Wiley Tim Wilson Toia Young Pauline Zensu

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FACILITIES MANAGEMENT | Holiday Party Highlights

Facilities Management’s Annual Holiday Party

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Photos by Kelly Freshcorn

usic, dancing, laughter, delicious food, fun, and door prizes

Stan Gant (left) and Total Immersion

make for a delightful end-of-year celebration. Our annual holiday party was held on December 6. Stan Gant, Fire Systems Supervisor, and his friends, Total Immersion, shared holiday renditions as well as the Motown sound. This was our fourth year, I think, of Kahoot It trivia. The Capital Projects/ Central Operations team brought home the roving trophy this time. Back by popular demand was the ugly sweater contest with Monique Davis, Facilities Business Office, and Darlene Johnson, BES - Kennedy, winning the top prizes. Something new this year was the office decorating contest. Four offices and two individuals entered. Videos of their work spaces were compiled and sent to judges who work in other divisions on campus a week prior. The winning entry was “Whoville” created by the Facilities Operations administrative group. Thanks to everyone who donated toys for local charity, Katie’s Kidz. Katie is 17 years old and has been collecting toys to give to children in local hospitals since she was six. Thanks to donors like you and I, she has expanded her outreach to Tennessee!

Ugly Sweater Contest

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Monique

Trivia Winners

We had a few retirees, including Phil Jones (former associate vice chancellor for the new employees reading this), join us and this was Jon Varnell’s, our new associate vice chancellor, first week and first departmental event.

Office Decorating Contest Winners

2018 Holiday Party Event Committee

Special thanks to the event committee, directors, Vice Chancellor Beth Hardin, Chartwells Catering, vendors, and all of you for making the day incredible!

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Did You Know? | FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Congratulations! 2019 UNC Charlotte Employee of the Year Nominees

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lease congratulate the 2019 Employee of the Year nominees and thank them for their hard work and dedication to the University. Finalists for each category will be announced on March 18. Employee of the Year winners will be recognized at our upcoming Dessert Shoppe Staff Recognition Reception March 27.

Facilities Management Nominees Chris Facente (Community/Public Service) Jeanine Bachtel (Devotion to Duty) Katherine Humphries (Devotion to Duty) Sandy Mullins (Devotion to Duty) Bart Davis (Innovation) Lisa Lanier (Innovation)

It's Performance Appraisal Time

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he 2018-2019 performance appraisal cycle began March 1. The first phase of the process is the employee self-appraisal. Key dates and updates to the annual performance appraisal process are listed in the table below. Employees who have incomplete work plans for the 2018-2019 cycle should have completed their work plans before March 1. If a work plan is incomplete, the employee’s performance appraisal form will not launch. To avoid delays in the appraisal process, supervisors should check and confirm each respective employee’s work plans are completed. Employees with a work start date from October 1, 2018 to present are not required to have an annual appraisal for the 2018-2019 performance appraisal cycle. However, we recommend that supervisors still complete the appraisal cycle in the NinerSTAKES system to stop receiving email notifications. If you still complete the appraisal for a new employee, it does not have to be as detailed as it would be for other employees. Think of it as an off-cycle review. Lastly, once the performance appraisal process is complete, the performance cycle starts over. This means supervisors and employees should start completing their work plans for the 2019-2020 cycle. For assistance, contact our human resources specialists Beth Brown at 7-0554 or elmurphy@uncc.edu or Carolyn Lewis at 7-0545 or clewis71@uncc.edu.

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FACILITIES MANAGEMENT | Building Environmental Services and Recycling

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Building Environmental Services and Recycling | FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

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pathy can be tough. As the famed cartoonist Bill Watterson once said, “You can present the material, but you can’t make me care.” In my job as a recycling educator, I find this to be very true. I can tell you that we accept cardboard, but not coffee cups, but does that make you care? We live in a world now that creates, consumes, and throws away products at exponential rates, and recycling and waste reduction are one of the best ways to combat that. Yet, sometimes, education and outreach can do little to combat apathy. So what can? Competition. The history of this nation is filled with joyous competitions, spanning from the 1903 World Series, to the 2019 Puppy Bowl (which was one of my favorites). Competitions bring people together; they can push you to stand up, cheer, and even yell at the TV in support of your team. My wife and I laugh about how competitive we are as well… though I laugh more. Get the joke? It’s alright if you don’t, as my point is that competition can even combat apathy. Thus, I present you, RecycleMania! RecycleMania is a competition between universities in the U.S. and Canada that promote diverting as much waste as possible from ending up in a landfill. It is a great opportunity for our Recycling Department to educate, and compete against other schools. Last year, we ranked 10th place in plastic bottle/can recycling per capita out of 299 schools, but we can do better! We also want to increase overall recycling from our current 25% to 28%, which equates to an extra 13,000 pounds of recycling we would need to recycle. RecycleMania is a fantastic opportunity to start the conversation about waste reduction and recycling, as well as outreach opportunities to change mindsets. But of equal importance, I ask that you join us in this competition so that the mighty 49ers can achieve victory! “But Steve, what does that take?” Thank you so much for asking, dear reader. For you, it may be a simple encouragement to a peer to recycle their bottle, instead of throwing it away. Maybe it means making a phone call to see where you are supposed to unload that truck-bed full of cardboard. Or, you could help by spreading the word about the competition. No matter what you choose to do, we appreciate it.

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FACILITIES MANAGEMENT | Capital Projects

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Photo by Elizabeth Frere

Admissions and Visitors Center

Moore Hall

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onstruction on the Admissions and Visitors Center at the front of campus continues, along with the expansion of Parking Lot 8. This will add seventeen additional spaces to the lot along with fifty-six spaces for the Admissions and Visitors Center. Photo by Josh Kallum

Softball Indoor Training Facility

The women’s Softball Indoor Training Facility will improve and extend practice schedules, so our team can remain competitive with other collegiate softball programs. The 5400 square foot facility located adjacent to the softball field will include four batting lanes, and a warm-up area when completed this spring. Photos from McEniry webcam

Former Facilities Operations and Parking Services location

Site after demolition

Many of you probably missed the tearing down of the old Steam Plant, the Parking Services and Facilities Operations building, and the Receiving and Stores building. These buildings have been the center of activity on the corner of Mary Alexander Road and Craver Road for thirty plus years. The new space is making room for the new Science Building. Construction of the Regional Utility Plant and Data Center, which will support the new building, is underway.

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You may be wondering why Moore Hall appears to be covered with Saran Wrap. The 1970s era high-rise is being demolished to make way for a new 700+ room residence hall. Moore Hall is riddled with asbestos, a very hazardous material that must be safely removed and disposed of to prevent dangerous exposures. The wrap or encapsulation of the building is part of the asbestos abatement process, which requires containment of the asbestos being removed. All hazardous materials will be sealed, labeled in heavy-duty plastic bags, and removed from the site. Personnel involved in the asbestos removal must enter/exit the building through a decontamination area fitted with an equipment room and shower area to further ensure the containment. The contractor will verify that all asbestos containing any hazardous materials has been properly removed from the building, and that all utilities have been disconnected and isolated from the building before demolition begins. The building will be demolished utilizing a conventional method, a high reach arm demolition. This involves a track excavator and specialty demolition attachments, including a crusher that will be used to break up the building from the top down. The machine will remove large pieces of the structure, and a special grounds crew will break down the pieces and sort them for disposal.

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Facilities Business Office | FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Witherspoon recognized for 20 years of service in Facilities Management Photo by Wade Bruton

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elanie E. G. Witherspoon, director of the Facilities Business Office, recently joined the coveted Twenty Year Club, which recognizes employees who have worked in the Facilities Management Department for 20 consecutive years. Although her University career began in the Urban Institute in 1997, her tenure in FM began in 1998 as an administrative officer in Capital Projects. Since her transition in 2004, the FBO unit has more than doubled in size from an initial team of six. The unit’s growth, during her almost 15 years of leadership, included the addition of several human resources positions, a twoperson communications team, and a newly appointed cost accountant. As an avid learner and leader committed to professional development, she often seeks opportunities to challenge herself and the team. To date, Witherspoon’s most memorable experience in the last 20 years was when she received her master’s degree from the University.

Chancellor Philip Dubois and Melanie Witherspoon

In the years ahead, Witherspoon’s plan are to lead the FBO in the ever-changing endeavor to ensure a fiscally sound department and the evolving succession strategy of a developing FM Apprenticeship Program. By NiCole Lynch

Welcome Donielle Spears

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he Facilities Business Office (FBO) is pleased to welcome Donielle Spears to the team. She is the administrative assistant to Melanie Witherspoon, FBO director. A Charlotte native, Spears joined the University at the end of November 2018. She assists with finance processes, such as travel reimbursement, office supply budget management, 49er Mart orders and P-card purchases. She also assigns parking passes for visitors. Prior to working in FBO, Spears taught English as a Second Language at Central Piedmont Community College. She also has previous experience as an administrative assistant with a local small business. Outside of work, Spears enjoys running and being a basketball mom. She is married with two sons, 12 and 9, and an 8-month-old daughter. By Tenille Dellinger

Donielle Spears

Farewell to Clyde Derberry Photo by Noelle Paquette

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t the close of business on February 28, Clyde Derberry bid his learning and development coordinator role and the Facilities Business Office team a fond farewell as he departed for retirement. During his ten-year tenure Derberry, who implemented several safety initiatives and coordinated learning opportunities, was highly regarded as a familiar name and face throughout Facilities Management (FM). His keen instincts for creating safe spaces to work and continual efforts for safety awareness were catalysts behind his implementing the department’s annual safety fair and safety slogan contest. As a member of the FM human resources team, he was no stranger to building trusted relationships and lending his voice to motivating colleagues to participate in training and retention initiatives. In fact, thanks to his part in the planning and executing of the FM new employee orientation program – Derberry is among a select few who can safely say he has met all new FM employees within the last 10 years. It seemingly goes without noting, but the FBO team (and others) will immensely miss the energy and consistent camaraderie he brought to FM.

Melanie Witherspoon, Clyde Derberry, and Charleata Neal

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FACILITIES MANAGEMENT | Facilities Information Systems

Farewell to Benny and Elias

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t is with mixed emotions that Facilities Information Systems (FIS) announces the resignation of two of our systems analysts, Benny Reese and Elias Mahfoud. The team was sad to say goodbye to Benny and Elias, but wish them the best. Benny Reese had been with the Facilities Information Systems team since February 2013, and had served as our Lead Systems Analyst. Benny worked on a wide range of ARCHIBUS projects, created many database applications, supported numerous customers and a range of facilities applications including, Building Automation Systems (BAS) and Open Options. Benny was awarded Employee of the Quarter in 2014. He took the initiative to rewrite much of the antiquated module used to transfer data between ARCHIBUS and SDI. He even put in monitoring to notify FIS if there is a failure. This resulted an improved and faster system with fewer errors. Benny recently accepted a Software Engineering position with Credit Karma; he will be at their new location in South Charlotte and will work on their free personal income tax product. His last day was on Friday, February 15, 2019.

Benny Reese

Elias Mahfoud joined the team back in July 2013 as one of our Systems Analysts. Elias developed ARCHIBUS web applications and created many new user applications for our customers including, the newly redesigned Key Management views, the Craftsperson Work Request Board, and supported many of our Building Automation Systems (BAS) projects. He also assisted Facilities Management users with other database applications including, the implementation of mobile applications and mobile floor plans. Elias’s innovative approach earned him Employee of Quarter in 2014 for coming up with the idea of designing a process management system within ARCHIBUS to streamline processes and approvals. As a result, approval processes could be implemented in half a day rather than the three days it was taking before

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In January, Elias accepted a software engineer position at Tableau Software in Seattle, Washington, where he will be working on data analysis and visualization products. His last day was Thursday, February 7, 2019. Please join us in wishing Benny and Eli every success in their future adventures! By Pamela Duff

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Facilities Operations | FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

CHEERS to 20 Years

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Mark Neel and Jon Varnell

et’s be honest. To be successful in any career, it takes hard work, persistence, and great strength of character. It is all up to the individual – their willingness to persevere, their ability to adapt to change, and to overcome obstacles. Mark Neel (Zone 1) and Arnold Vanhoy (Zone 6) are two extraordinary technicians that fit the definition of success in their careers to a “T”. Both men are celebrating an impressive twenty consecutive years with Facilities Management, as of December 2018. Over the past two decades, these gentlemen have seen and overcome countless changes with the university. Currently, the college is split up into eight different zones. When Mark

Photos by Clyde Derberry

Arnold Vanhoy and Jon Varnell

and Arnold first began at UNC Charlotte, they worked in “Shop 12”, which handled heating and air conditioning. Mark says he enjoys the people, atmosphere, and comfort of his job. Arnold agrees, and adds that it is nice to come to the same place each day, knowing your duties. When it comes to recalling the most memorable jobs over the past twenty years, Arnold recounts a time when a Lab Room in Kennedy Building had a pipe burst and the water came rushing down the steps like a waterfall. That must have been quite a big job! Mark and Arnold say that it may have been a score of years since they began their careers here with UNC Charlotte,

but it has not felt as long as “twenty years” sounds. They still enjoy their work very much and feel a sense of accomplishment each day. Outside of the workplace, Arnold raises and tends to a beef cattle farm. Mark has six children, two dogs and a cat to help keep him on his toes when he is not working hard at the university. We are a lucky group to have such dedicated and loyal team members! Thank you, Arnold and Mark!

By Becky Boucher

UNC Charlotte earns Honor Award

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Joey Cochran

he Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) recognized UNC Charlotte’s FM Grounds Team with an Honor Award in its 2018 Green Star Awards® competition for exceptional maintenance of Hechenbleikner Lake. Joey Cochran, grounds superintendent, stated this was the team’s first award submission since receiving PGMS membership in 2017. “Hech Lake” as most commonly referred to was selected for submission in the Park, Recreation

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Area, or Playground category, in part, because of its combination of being a sustainable and inviting public space. As an award recipient, UNC Charlotte joins a growing list of colleges and universities, municipalities, park and recreation facilities, theme parks, and others in landscape management to receive national recognition from the organization.

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FACILITIES MANAGEMENT | Happenings Around Campus

Photos by Kelly Freshcorn

March 27 - Staff Recognition - Student Union

April 3 - Earth Day Celebration 3 - Tree Campus USA Day/Tree Planting Events 8-12 - National Volunteer Week 11 - Campus Clean Up

Facilities Management’s 18th Annual Fun Day

13 - Zero Waste Spring Football 16-18 - APPA Leadership Academy - Center City 22 - Earth Day

Hauser Alumni Pavilion

May 1 - Safety Fair at Facilities Operations 10-11 - Commencement 17 - Annual Fun Day 20 - First Day of Summer Classes 27 - Memorial Day

May 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Bring your beach chair and sunscreen Food, Fun and Games, Fellowship Details forthcoming Don’t Miss It!

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“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.� Dalai Lama XIV

Sunrise over Cone University Center Photo by Solomon T. Franklin

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